A couple new things, and a reminder of an old one

When I saw that Brad Revill had started a blog, I was intrigued, because there are not many blogs written by turf managers in the tropics. I was even more intrigued when I saw that the title of his very first post was The start of something new — MLSN!!. He wrote: For years I… Continue reading A couple new things, and a reminder of an old one

High expectations

I’ve rarely been so excited to read an article. Last week when I saw Energy use and greenhouse gas emissions from turf management of two Swedish golf courses, by Tidåker et al., I immediately dropped what I was doing and read it. If you’ve talked with me about turfgrass management sometime in the past 18… Continue reading High expectations

Both of these are worth your time

One is an article, another is a podcast, and you won’t regret the time spent reading the first and listening to the second. First, the 4 November issue of the Green Section Record contains Managing Organic Matter in Putting Greens by Adam Moeller and Todd Lowe. This article explains that “there are many agronomic programs… Continue reading Both of these are worth your time

New paper on variability of hybrid bermudagrass used on putting greens

If you work with warm-season grasses, you will want to have a look at this new paper by Reasor et al. on the variability of hybrid bermudagrasses used on putting greens. Ever see anything like this? Off-types growing in a green? Wondered if the off-types are contamination by a completely different grass, or if the… Continue reading New paper on variability of hybrid bermudagrass used on putting greens

Two fine articles about two important topics

When I visit Japan, I like to try the various flavors of soft ice cream as I go to different places. This is peanut soft cream in Chiba prefecture. Another thing I like to do is browse the magazines to find interesting articles. I had a chance to see recent issues of Monthly Golf Management… Continue reading Two fine articles about two important topics

99 article titles

I've been writing a monthly article for ゴルフ場セミナー (Golf Course Seminar) magazine since May 2008. That's 99 articles so far, and 118,518 words. The best of these will be published in English, sometime; for now they are only available in Japanese. Starting in May 2008 (#1) and going up to July 2016 (#99), these are… Continue reading 99 article titles

How to save 82% on fertilizer cost

There is another good article in the Green Section Record, this one by Blake Meentemeyer and Brian Whitlark on Turfgrass Fertilization. You'll want to read the full article. It talks about the overall goals of fertilizer application, soil tests, some myth busting, fertilizer and playability, and more. It's a modern article with a lot of… Continue reading How to save 82% on fertilizer cost

Every spring when the snow melts …

I look forward to some photos from Doug Soldat. For the past three years, he’s had some fascinating photos to share of snow mold on creeping bentgrass. And each year, there was more snow mold where potassium fertilizer was applied, and less snow mold where potassium wasn’t applied. Spring of 2014 In the spring of… Continue reading Every spring when the snow melts …

I wrote a book and you can read it this weekend

It’s called A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping and you can get your copy here. The book is not completely new material. It is based on the 14 articles I wrote in a series for GCM China, which I realized make a short grammar. I’ve added a preface, and some additional information in the footnotes, and… Continue reading I wrote a book and you can read it this weekend

“Which products and technologies are truly beneficial and cost-effective?”

This is an article I've recommended before, and share again here. It is Purchasing new products and technologies: an ethical and common-sense approach by Dr. Robert Carrow. Dr. Carrow explains a procedure for golf course superintendents who want to stay on the cutting edge of advancements to make "wise decisions about purchasing new products/technologies." He… Continue reading “Which products and technologies are truly beneficial and cost-effective?”